Friday, February 4, 2011
How to Find a Good Critique Partner
1. What do I want? It’s helpful to work out what it is we want in a CP. Many of us are after different things. Many of us are at different stages in our projects. Sometimes all we need is to find someone who can comment on the basic story structure. Other times we might be after someone who can do picky line edits.
2. What are my weaknesses? We all have weak spots in our writing, so it helps to know what they are so we can find a partner who is strong in that area.
3. What can I offer in return? CPs share a two-way relationship. They will critique each other’s work. So it’s helpful to figure out early where our strong points lie and offer those skills in return.
Now that you’ve equipped yourself with these answers, you’re ready to find a match. There are a number of ways of finding a CP. The blogsphere is full of potential partners.
Denise at L’Aussie Writing has been compiling an email list for anyone interested in finding a CP. You’ll need to email her soon with your details if you wish to be included.
Nathan Bransford offers on his forums a thread designed to help writers connect with critique partners.
Natascha at The Las Vegas Writer is offering free critiques in the month of February.
Finally, you could always email your favourite bloggers. It can’t hurt to ask.
If you know of anywhere else a writer could go to find a critique partner, then feel free to leave a link in the comments.
What are you looking for in a critique partner? How did you find your critique partner?